Illini Drop Sixth Straight to Indiana
by the Associated Press
Kevin "Yogi'' Ferrell scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, leading Indiana past Illinois 56-46 on Sunday.
The Hoosiers (13-7, 3-4) ended a two-game losing streak to split the season series.
Illinois (13-8, 2-6) was led by Rayvonte Rice with 20 but lost its sixth straight.
The Fighting Illini have not won since Jan. 4, and this one prevented them from taking their first lead in the Indiana series since 1975.
It was a tough day for the offenses as both teams tried to fight their way back into the conference title hunt.
The poor shooting led to an up-and-down, low-scoring game in which neither team could fully seize control until late.
Indiana led 40-29, with 12:58 to go, but Illinois went on a 10-2 run to get within 42-39. The Hoosiers then scored six straight and sealed it with six free throws in the final minute.